Governor Kathy Hochul has signed new legislation aimed at modernizing New York's alcohol laws.

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The legislation package is designed to expand options for consumers and support small businesses in the alcoholic beverage sector. One of the key changes introduced by the legislation is the ability to sell beer, cider, and other alcoholic beverages on any day of the week, including Sundays. Liquor and wine stores will also have the opportunity to extend their Sunday hours of operation.

One notable provision in the legislation is the inclusion of alcohol to-go sales. This means that establishments are now permitted to sell take-out drinks. This provision responds to the changing consumer behaviors and preferences, as many people have increasingly embraced take-out and delivery options amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Hochul's office says it opens new revenue streams for establishments and provides consumers with the flexibility to enjoy their preferred alcoholic beverages in a convenient manner.

Governor Hochul expressed her pride in signing this legislation, stating that it will modernize the state's laws governing the sales of alcoholic beverages, create jobs, and expand economic opportunities across New York.

Governor Hochul says that by expanding sales options, extending operating hours, and enabling alcohol-to-go sales, the legislation creates more opportunities for businesses and provides consumers with greater flexibility and convenience. Hochul says that this forward-thinking approach will not only boost the local economy and create job opportunities but also enhance the overall experience for those who enjoy alcoholic beverages in the state of New York.

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